Keeping our homes in perfect order while maintaining an elegant attitude while having the perfect little gifts on hand while ironing our pillowcases just can't happen 100% of the time. AND THAT'S OK! Cut yourself some slack. Take the day off of housework to play in the sprinklers with your kids, or to finish up that crocheting project, or to start that classic novel you've always wanted to read. Elegance comes in small steps and small changes. Elegance can be found in taking a break :) What a nice thought!
In your quest for elegance, give yourself and others around you permission once in awhile to not shine.